Salivary sublingual gland stones
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This is what I was diagnosed with when I went to the ER overnight. One of the causes is dehydration (see below) and I drank very little water on Friday because I forgot to bring my water jug with me to work. I'm usually very busy at work and the tap water has a chemical taste/smell to it, which is why I forgot to drink water and also why I didn't fill up a cup from the tap.
This is the most pain I have had in my life. It was the most excruciating and unbearable pain I have ever felt. I hate going to doctors and especially the ER, but I was unable to sleep, sit, stand or do anything.
Sialolithiasis refers to the formation of stones in the salivary glands. Stones are most commonly found in the submandibular gland, where stones can obstruct Wharton's duct. It is frequently associated with chronic infection (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus viridans) of the glands, dehydration (phenothiazines), and/or increased local levels of calcium, but in many cases can arise idiopathically. Pain, when present, usually originates from the floor of the mouth, although in many cases the stones cause only intermittent swelling.
UPDATE: I followed the doctor's advice on how to dissolve the stones and it worked. A few weeks later I felt the pain starting again so I followed the doctor's advice and the pain went away. Basically, I get some sour candy and suck on it until the pain goes away. This might take a day or two.
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(This photo was uploaded on November 22, 2009)